Dogs Dig Walking

Chew training

We know from evolutionary science that dogs chew to tone their jaw muscles. Once, splitting bones and grinding down marrow was necessary to survive. That’s no longer the case, but the urge lives on.
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The rescue cred of gentle giants

If you ever visit the Natural History Museum in Berne, Switzerland, consider stopping by Barry and paying your respects. In his 12 years working with the monks at the Great St. Bernard Hospice, Barry saved the lives of 40 people.
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Training a K-9 officer

Canine police officers are invaluable in a wide range of law enforcement work. They detect narcotics, explosives, and other illegal materials, track criminals, help enforce public order, and protect their human partners. Little wonder, then, that their training is thorough, challenging, and lifelong.
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Acupuncture for dogs

Most senior dogs suffer some hearing loss and many eventually go deaf. When you become aware of your dog’s impaired hearing, it’s important to start making accommodations.
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Dog in the spotlight:
German Shorthaired Pointer

Superjock, couch buddy, water fanatic, famously trainable—the German Shorthaired Pointer is a dog of many distinctions. This exercise junkie needs vigorous daily mental and physical stimulation to thrive, but when that happens, the GSP is mellow at home with his family, happy to snuggle up and watch reruns. An all-terrain pooch, he can hunt, point, sprint, jump, swim, retrieve—you name it, he can do it, and he’s never happier than when he has a job to do. The GSP is an intensely social dog that doesn’t enjoy alone time but is known as an outstanding companion that, if he’s allowed, will adjust to your lifestyle. Just look at the many books inspired by the GSP, from Thomas Mann’s Bashan and I to sportswriter Mel Ellis’ memoir Run, Rainey, Run and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels that feature Pearl, the detective’s trusty GSP friend.

To give a GSP a new home, visit your local shelter or rescue group.

Four ways to make your vet happy

Appointment decorum. Be on time for your appointment and, if it’s your first, be early so there’s time to fill out paperwork. If you can’t make it, call and let the vet’s office know.

Injury prevention. Nobody likes to get bitten or scratched, and your vet is no exception. Always mention in advance if your dog tends to get nervous or cranky during vet visits.

Ignore your cell. The vet’s exam office is not the place to return phone calls. If you’re in mid-conversation when called in, excuse yourself, hang up, and give your full attention to the vet.

Good communication. Be prepared to describe your dog’s symptoms and behavior. Has anything unusual happened? Tell the vet. Draw a diagram if that helps make things clear—vague communication is a pet peeve of most vets. It’s also a good idea to take notes or ask for written instructions.

Plan ahead for puppy!

Puppies are cute and cuddly, but what will they do while you're at work?
  • Feed them using Kongs
    Instead of feeding your new puppy from a boring bowl, stuff their kibble (with peanut butter) or wet food into a Kong, put it in the freezer overnight, then give it to them before you leave for work in the morning. It'll keep them occupied for hours!
  • Give them a potty break
    The rule is, a puppy can hold their bladder/bowels for 1 hour per month of life. So, a 4-month-old puppy can usually hold it for up to 4 hours. A friend, neighbor, or a pet care provider can help out during long work days. A breaks gives them time to stretch, play, and relieve themselves so they learn how to be potty trained faster!
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New DDW dogs!

Welcome the following new friends to the DDW family:

These three pet apps

Essentially a GPS attachment for your dog’s collar. This app tracks your dog’s activity and sends you a message if he goes astray. It also measures movement, making it easier for you to ensure your dog is getting enough exercise. (iOS and Android)

This is the app for you if you want to watch remotely what your dog is up to. Extra useful if you’re leaving your dog alone for the first time, you recently moved, or you’re traveling. (iOS and Android)

Pet First Aid
With this app, you’re prepared for any medical emergency, from simple cuts to choking, CPR, fractures, disaster preparedness, and giving medication. Pet First Aid shows you what to do with detailed videos and step-by-step illustrations. (iOS and Android)

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